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Steve Dutton

Artist, researcher and curator who works on both collaborative and individual projects.



Steve Dutton is an artist and occasional curator who works on both collaborative and individual projects. He is currently developing a new body work under the working title of “the phantom industry” which is including drawings, sound works, animations, objects and texts. His work is difficult to classify, as it moves between various media, materials,  processes and forms but it might be said to be a form of language-based practice with a focus on acts of reading, speaking, writing and drawing.

In the past he has worked closely with Steve Swindells (Dutton and Swindells) since 1998, prior to which he was one half of the collaboration of Dutton and Peacock. Individual and collaborative projects have been exhibited throughout the UK and internationally, including The Stag and Hound at PSL in Leeds for which Dutton and Swindells were nominated for the Northern Art Prize. He has been published in the Journal of Studies in Theatre and Performance, The Journal of Writing in Creative Practice (2009) and the Journal of Visual Arts Practice (2007) along with many contributions to various magazines and publications including Fieldnotes and  Soanyway.


Steve’s curatorial collaborations include with Andrew Bracey on a project entitled 'Midpointness' which has had manifestations for the Lock Up Gallery in Newcastle, Australia, The Trans Art Triennial and Airspace in Stoke-on-Trent, UK. Other Curatorial projects include collaborations with Dr.Brian Curtin such as ‘Possession’ for Bangkok Arts and Culture Centre and ‘Unspeaking Engagements’ at Chulalongkorn Art Centre, Bangkok and LGP, Coventry.

Up until April 2022 he was Professor of Fine Art at Bath School of Art, Film and Media, Bath Spa University where he was the Director of the Art Research Centre.  Steve is now Emeritus Professor at Bath Spa where he still works closely with staff and PhD students in an advisory capacity and he is on the supervisory team for Transart Institute for Creative Research.

Prior to Bath Spa he was Professor in Contemporary Art Practice at the University of Lincoln in the U.K before which he was Professor in Creative Practice at Coventry University for 4 years preceded by various academic roles including MA Fine Art Course Leader and Reader in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University.

He currently lives in Bristol UK and holds a studio at Spike Island 




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